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The Tragedies of Sophocles$
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James Morwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001

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(p.68) Chapter 7 Philoctetes
The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines why Sophocles' presentation of his main character in his drama Philoctetes escaped ridicule, despite Sophocles painting his main protagonist in a repulsive manner. It argues that despite Philoctetes being portrayed in a repulsive manner, his integrity and the range of his language proved to be one of the greatest portrayals of a character in Greek tragedy. It adds that the versatility, range, and power, needed to play Philoctetes also effectively removed any opportunities of ridicule.

Keywords:   Philoctetes, Sophocles, Greek tragedy, portrayals, main character, drama

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